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Duane Buck: Sentenced to Death Because He is Black

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Abu-Jamal v. Beard

Mumia Abu-Jamal is currently serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a policeman in Philadelphia. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted a friend of the court brief, and presented oral argument, in support of Mr....More

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Commonwealth of PA v. Raymond Whitney

On January 16, 2008, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge William Mazzola threw out the death sentence of LDF client, Raymond Whitney. Mr. Whitney, an African-American man, had been on Pennsylvania's death row for twenty-six years. Not only was Mr....More

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Criminal Justice | Capital Punishment

Herbert Williams, Jr. v. Commissioner Richard F. Allen

On September 17, 2008, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Williams v. Allen, 542 F.3d 1326 (11th Cir. 2008), vacated the death sentence of LDF client, Herbert Williams, who had spent almost 20 years on Alabama’s death row....More

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Rosales v. Quarterman

Mariano Rosales spent more than 23 years on Texas’s death row after being convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death by a Harris County (Houston) jury from which African Americans and Latinos were excluded because of their race.  Between 1985 and 2008, Mr....More

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Reams v. Arkansas

Kenneth Reams’ case epitomizes the injustices associated with the administration of the death penalty in the South.  Mr....More

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